The Many Sins of Lord Cameron

Jennifer Ashley
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron
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Publisher
Berkley
Release Date
August 2011
ISBN
9780425240496
Series
Book 3 of Highland Pleasures
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.

Book Review by CarolAnn
Sep 19, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
324 people found the following review helpful
Who can resist a Scotsman in a kilt? Not me! So I'm thrilled that those deliciously sexy Mackenzie brothers are back! THE MANY SINS OF LORD CAMERON, the third book in Jennifer Ashley's popular Highland Pleasures series, tells Cameron Mackenzie's story.

Escaping the boredom of his brother's ball, Lord Cameron Mackenzie takes his latest lover, Phyllida Chase, to his bedchamber in pursuit of more satisfying pleasures. That is until he discovers Ainsley Douglas hiding behind his curtains. Having persuaded Phyllida to return to the ball, he confronts Ainsley:

"So tell me, Mrs Douglas," he said, his gravelly voice flowing over her. "What the devil are you doing in my bedchamber this time?"

History appears to be repeating itself because, six years ago, Cameron caught the same Ainsley Douglas snooping about in his bedchamber. He's sure her reason for being here this time will be no more plausible than it was six years ago. Above all, what he does remember of their last meeting is:

The scent of her mingling with roses, the feel of her in the curve of his arm, the tickle of her fair hair against his chin awoke emotions he‘d thought long dead.

Seduction had been his aim then, but despite the lady's apparent willingness, she had ultimately refused to betray her elderly husband. Now Ainsley Douglas is a widow and Cameron has every intention of finishing what they started six years ago!

Forced to hide behind the curtains in his bedchamber, Ainsley Douglas ponders why Phyllida had to choose Cameron Mackenzie of all people as her lover? In revenge for being dismissed as lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, Phyllida has stolen certain potentially embarrassing letters from Her Majesty and has demanded payment for their return. As a trusted lady-in-waiting, Ainsley has been charged with the task of recovering the letters and having seen Phyllida slip a letter into Cameron's pocket, she had started to search for it in his bedroom but now finds herself facing Cameron just as she did six years ago. Memories come flooding back to her of:

...his breath burning her skin, his hands on her back. And his kiss. A deep warm kiss that had awakened every single desire Ainsley had ever had.

The spark between them still burns brightly, but what of the future? Will their love be strong enough to overcome the dark secrets from their pasts?

Ms Ashley has a gift for creating intriguing and vibrant characters like Cameron and Ainsley who stay in your imagination long after you've closed the book.

If anyone is in need of the tender loving care from a special woman, it's definitely Cameron Mackenzie. Reading how he suffered both mental and physical abuse at the hands of his deranged first wife, Elizabeth, in order to protect his baby son, was so heartrending. Even after her suicide, Elizabeth still haunts Cameron as there is speculation that he murdered her. When Ainsley says - "I do hope it is hot where you are Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, Very, very, hot." – I was thinking, my sentiments exactly!

Cameron's physical scars may have healed but his emotional scars have not. He is living a grey existence and only feels alive when he's with his horses. He certainly isn't short of female company but never offers any long-term commitment. He has a deep mistrust of women, never wishing to marry again and who can blame him? But Ainsley sees the pain and loneliness he hides and is determined heal his tormented soul with her love, tenderness and compassion:

...her tenderness wrapped him and eased every hurt in his soul.

Ainsley has suffered her own heartbreak in the past and I understand why she is reluctant to give her heart to any man again. At first she does try to resist Cameron but stands no chance against such a skilled seducer:

He was a man who knew how to make women yearn to give him what he wanted. Ainsley, for all her seeming recklessness, had learned to be cautious - everything done for a reason, every risk calculated against its reward. But with Cameron, the old reckless Ainsley reared up, wanting him to undo her bodice down to her waist and take what he pleased.

Jennifer Ashley certainly knows how to seduce her reader, just as Cameron seduces Ainsley. The continuing game Cameron plays with Ainsley of ‘how many buttons will you undo for me?' and the erotic scene in the darkened opera box help to create an atmosphere of anticipation. She even achieves it with just a few words:

She jerked Cameron's handkerchief from his pocket and started dabbing his lips. "You have lip colour on your face."

Cameron gave her a hot smile. "I want to see it all over my body."


My mind was working overtime trying to imagine how that scene would play out! Ultimately the love scenes are a wonderful combination of sensual imagery, dialogue and touches of humor.

I like Cameron's son, Daniel, who seems to have a wise head on such young shoulders. He is astute enough to recognize that Ainsley is just what his father needs and he knows what he wants to do in life and goes after it. I love his reply when Cameron says he's been a terrible father:

"All you got was a dad who beat his sons and was jealous of them too. I have a dad who tries to do the right thing, even if he mucks it up most of the time."

Ian and Beth and Mac and Isabella from the two previous books all make welcome reappearances and the scene involving Hart Mackenzie and Lady Eleanor Ramsay provides an intriguing teaser for their book, The Duke's Perfect Wife, the next in the series.

All you lassies out there who have not yet discovered the seductive world of the Mackenzie brothers, what are you waiting for? This series is a treat not to be missed!
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